After 26 years of brutal authoritarian rule under the TPLF/EPRDF regime, the people of Ethiopia are still struggling to feed themselves and sustain their livelihood. On October 9, 2016, the regime announced a country-wide six-month state of emergency. This followed a year of widespread protests against government policies that state security forces violently suppressed, killing hundreds of people and detaining tens of thousands. Hence, for a majority of citizens, Ethiopia is an open-air prison where they are denied political freedom, economic justice and basic human rights.
This is the context for the recent deaths of at least 50 people in a landslide at the Koshe landfill. Out of desperation, people have been scouring the landfill for items of value that can be sold or used for food.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives which includes children, men and women. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family members of the bereaved,” stated Dr. Dima Noggo Chairman of the Ethiopian National Movement Executive Council.
“The news and images of the terrible event that has just hit communities on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa, have filled us with dismay and sadness. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and with the men and women struggling to save those still entrapped in the rubble.”
This tragic event is the result of a political and economic policy that excludes and marginalizes majority of the Ethiopian people and benefits a select few close associates of the regime. Such unjust and corrupt economic policy is taking its toll on the Ethiopian people across the country.
“The Ethiopian National Movement believes the only way for the Ethiopian people to reclaim their dignity and honor is by freeing themselves from this unjust and brutal rule of TPLF/EPRDF regime. Ending the suffering and humiliation and building a democratic, just and inclusive Ethiopia is the primary objective of the Ethiopian National Movement,” said Dr. Noggo.
As drought sets in to the region yet again, the movement for democracy is increasingly urgent.
• We call upon Ethiopian people to resist and challenge a non-inclusive and suppressive policies of the regime!
• We call upon the international community to follow closely the political crisis taking place in the country!
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